Wednesday, April 16, 2014

‘Ride to Freedom’ in El Dorado County

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OUT OF THE BLUE is playing at the "Ride To Freedom and Barbecue" at Cameron Park Lake on Saturday, July 6. Courtesy photo

Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) is sponsoring the second annual “Ride To Freedom and Barbecue” to raise funds for its efforts in preventing child abuse and helping abused children.

The fundraiser is on Saturday, July 6, at Cameron Park Lake in Cameron Park.

The motorcycle ride registration is at 10 a.m. at 3976 Durock Road in Shingle Springs, with “kick stands up” at 11:30 a.m.

Beverages and snacks will be provided. The scenic ride will be from Shingle Springs to Coloma, Pilot Hill, Salmon Falls to El Dorado Hills, up Green Valley Road to the barbecue site at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road.

Not a motorcycle rider? No worries — everyone is welcome at the barbecue at 12:30 p.m. at the lake.

Live music by “Out of the Blue” will entertain during lunch. A raffle with lots of valuable prizes will be held and kids can participate in swimming and playground activities.

Ride and barbecue proceeds benefit BACA, whose mission is to help prevent child abuse.

Just the rumbling thunder of a “herd” of motorcycles can be intimidating, and BACA members know that and use it to their advantage.

But to children who have been victims of abuse, that roaring sound can signify help and support. BACA members are often called upon by law enforcement and parents to “make a presence known.”

“Our mission is to empower these children, encourage them to not be afraid of the world, to stand up to the abuser and say you can’t do that to me. I’ve got friends. I’ve got backup. If you try to abuse me, you’ll have to deal with BACA members,” a member said.

Studies have shown that a child who has been abused by an adult can benefit psychologically from the presence of adults who they know are on their side. The dedicated members of BACA are definitely on the side of these children.

For more information about the July 6 motorcycle ride and barbecue and to register for this fundraiser call Marcy at 916-296-9434 or Lena at 916-470-7451.

For more information about BACA visit

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